McKnight Congregational Methodist Church and Cemetery in Historic Nacogdoches County

McKnight Congregational Methodist Church

McKnight Congregational Methodist Church and Cemetery in Historic Nacogdoches County



McKnight Congregational Methodist Church is located West of Cushing off Hwy. 204 on County Road 975,
the McKnight Road. Across the Road is the Historic McKnight Cemetery which began in 1853 and is marked
with a State of Texas Historical Commission Plaque. The Congregational Methodist Church, which was
organized around 1931, originated from the the McKnight Seminary and School built in the 1870's on
land given by the Mcknight Family. The present building was constructed in 1956. On the far left is the
Picnic Pavilion, the church is at the center, and across the County Road is McKnight Cemetery. On a corner
of the building at the side of the church facing the road and the cemetery the Ten Commandments are
engraved on a large granite stone. The State of Texas Historical Commission Plaque for McKnight Cemetery
reads:



McKNIGHT CEMETERY

McKNIGHT CEMETERY BEGAN AS A BURIAL
GROUND FOR THE FAMILY OF WILLIAM NEWTON
AND REBECCA McKNIGHT, WITH THE OLDEST MARKED
GRAVE DATING TO THE 1850'S. BY THE CIVIL WAR, IT
OPENED TO OTHER FAMILIES IN NEARBY
COMMUJNITIES, INCLUDING GLENFAWN, LINN FLAT
AND TOLIVER, A FARMING TOWN THAT DECLINED
WHEN THE TEXAS AND NEW ORLEANS RAILROAD
BYPASSED THE COMMUNITY, CAUSING RESIDENTS TO
MOVE TO NEIGHBORING CUSHING, WHICH WAS ON
THE RAIL LINE. ANOTHER COMMUNITY REVOLVED
AROUND McKNIGHT SEMINARY, NAMED FOR THE
CEMETERY'S FOUNDER WHO DONATED LAND FOR
THE INSTITUTION. THE McKNIGHT SEMINARY
BUILDING HAD HISTORIC TIES TO THE CEMETERY, AS
IT ALSO SERVED AS A PLACE OF WORSHIP UTILIZED
FOR FUNERAL SERVICES.

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF VETERANS INTERRED
HERE, INCLUDING CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS AND
WORLD WAR II R.A.F. WING COMMANDER LANCE C.
WADE, A DECORATED FIGHTER PILOT. ALSO
NOTEWORTHY IS THE CEMETERY'S ANNUAL PICNIC,
WHICH BEGAN EARLY IN THE 20TH CENTURY AND
LATER BECAME A HOMECOMING CELEBRAION.
TODAY, THE McKNIGHT CEMETERY ASSOCIATION
MAINTAINS THE CEMETERY, WHICH CONTINUES TO
SERVE AREA RESIDENTS.



(Next Picture: Melrose Baptist Church)

Church Thumbnails

(Main Outline)

(Main Thumbnails)